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Hi! My name is Missy, I'm 37 yrs old and I live in River Falls, WI with my husband and three kids. I've been with Spark people since October 2009 and it has truly helped to change my life. I was very active as a child and in high school so weight was never an issue until that active lifestyle was gone. I got married and just let myself go and am so embarrassed that I let myself get to the point I did! I let myself get up to 233lbs and at 5'4" tall, I didn't have the height to help spread ...
Hi! My name is Missy, I'm 37 yrs old and I live in River Falls, WI with my husband and three kids. I've been with Spark people since October 2009 and it has truly helped to change my life. I was very active as a child and in high school so weight was never an issue until that active lifestyle was gone. I got married and just let myself go and am so embarrassed that I let myself get to the point I did! I let myself get up to 233lbs and at 5'4" tall, I didn't have the height to help spread it out!

I was so sick and tired of being fat. I hated the fact that I was the fat wife, mom, friend, sister, daughter, etc and I was sick and tired of wondering what the weight limit was on something and was so sick of shopping in the plus size section! I especially hated clothes shopping.

I had dieted in the past but never really fully commited to a diet or exercise plan. I finally came to the realization that if I really want to change and really want to feel better about myself that I had to fully commit.

The first couple days of tracking my calories was a huge eye opener! Figuring out how many calories I should be eating and then how many I was actually taking in was shocking! I didn't realize how many calories were in the foods I was eating! Especially cheese! Holy buckets! I mean I knew they weren't healthy but I didn't realize they were that unhealthy. Or maybe I just didn't want to admit to myself how unhealthy there were...that's probably more the case.

Growing up, we were huge pop drinkers. Loved Coke, Orange, Grape, Root Beer! The sweet stuff and none of the diet 'crap'! I have tried many times to give it up or at least cut back but it always pulled me back. I decided that pop had to go! So, I gave it up cold turkey. I gave it up for a full year and now I don't crave it like I used to. I can drink it occassionally and no longer get that 'high' I used to get when drinking it. We still keep pop in the house that my husband drinks but I no longer crave it and rarely drink it. I'm not a fan of drinking milk or water in restaurants because my milk has to be COLD and sometimes the water tastes funny so if we go out, I treat myself to lemonade instead of pop. This has made a huge difference! The pop made me feel so bloated!

I also started walking on the treadmill and decided to try running to see if that would help kick start the weight loss and boy did it! I wish I could say I lost it all and kept it off but I didn't. Like so many others, I was within 15 lbs of my goal weight (down 80 lbs!) and got busy/lazy. Slowly stopped counting calories and working out. As a result, I gained close to 40 of it back! I had a taste of the thin life and want it back! I'm determined to stop the slip before I get to the bottom!

So, I'm back on track, counting my calories and sticking with my exercise routine. I work full-time and have three kids under the age of 10 so finding the time to workout in the evenings is tough. My husband is also in school working towards his second Masters degree so the majority of the household responsibilities fall on me. By the time I get homework done, everyone to & from sports and bags ready for the morning, I'm beat. The first time around I was working out late at night and just dealing with the fatigue. I decided to change thngs up this time. I have now started getting up at 4:30 in the morning so I can work out before heading to work. Makes for a long day but that seems to be working for me so far. The only downside is that because I have to leave for work by 6 AM I'm only able to get about 45 minutes of workout time in. I could get up earlier but I just can't get out of bed any earlier than that. If I'm able to, I do try to get another workout in at night and since I've already worked out in the morning, I don't have to do quite as long. So, I guess it all works out (no pun intended!)! The weight is starting to come off again and with only being down 7 lbs, I can already feel the difference. That's the motivation I need to keep this going....that and the fact that I had to pack the thinner clothes away! I can feel the bloating going away and feel the energy and confidence creeping back in. I even played soccer with my kids and their friends for over an hour yesterday! They make it look so effortless (It's NOT and I'm sore today!)!

While I still have more to lose, I'm proud of myself for losing what I have and I know that I'm so much closer to my goal than I was when I started this journey. I'd like to lose another 50 lbs but I feel so much better when the weight is off that I have to keep it going this time and make it to my goal. I am 100% committed to changing my life for the better because I don't want my kids repeating the cycle that my parents started with me. It's such a hard cycle to break once you're an adult and are used to living/eating a certain way. You know it's bad for you but it's sooo good that you can't stop! Even though I was active in sports in jr high and high school, we were never active as a family. I want to be active with my kids and I want them to be active with their kids and so on. That's the cycle I want to repeat. I did a few 5k runs last summer (2010) and my oldest daughter did one with me and she now runs with me on occassion. She's trying to convince me to do a run with her school this weekend (with her). I can do the 5k on the treadmill but running outside can be different so I'm not sure if I'm up to it yet. Regardless, I don't want to discourage her so I'm sure we'll be doing a run this weekend. (ugh!) It's all about encouraging healthy behavior, right?

Good luck to everyone out there! This is such a hard thing to do but the rewards are countless!
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Member Since: 6/9/2009

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My Goals:
My overall goal was to lose 90 lbs but then I thought 'Why not shoot for 100?' Guess I'll just have to see how I look and feel when I get down there. I really just want to lead a more active lifestyle with my husband and kids!

Goal 1: Get under 200 lbs - DONE!

Goal 2: Get under 192 lbs (lowest weight I can remember since I was 23 yrs old!) - DONE

Goal 3: Get to 180 lbs

Goal 4: Get to 174 (the weight at which I'm no longer classified as 'Obese' on that darn BMI scale!) -

Goal 5: Get to 153 lbs! (this is how low I got before I slipped! Want that back!)

Goal 6: Reach goal weight. Not exactly sure what that is right now. I'm thinking 135-140 but have to see how it looks on me! It's been a LONG time since I've seen that on me!

My Program:
My program consists of diet and exercise.
I still 'allow' myself to eat the foods I love, but I know how much I can have and make better choices all around. This really isn't a 'diet'. This is a lifestyle change and now that I see the results, it's not hard to stick with!
I track all my meals on this site and exercise my butt off! (Literally!) I walk & run on the treadmill for 90minutes almost every night (at least 5 out of 7 days/wk). I also do a handful of other strength training exercises once I'm off the treadmill. I also walk 3-5 times per week over my lunch hour.

Personal Information:
Grew up in St. Paul, MN.

Moved to River Falls, WI in 2005.

Married 17 yrs and have 3 awesome kids!

E-Mail: missyjow@gmail.com



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WOLFKITTY
1/8/2013 10:21:04 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

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1/12/2012 9:36:43 AM

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Belated Wishes for a very Happy Birthday. Hope the celebration was DONE just right.

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1/11/2012 7:09:18 PM

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Capricorn is associated with the harshness of winter and its stark realities.
In Capricorn, the Sun is strongly goal-directed and persistent. Ambitious, serious and dedicated to duty, life is difficult, but you are the type of person who will triumph and achieve success. Your aptitude to persevere, no matter how difficult the road, sets you apart from most of your peers. You are anxious to climb the ladder of fortune, and you can usually reach your goals because of your sense of the right way of doing everything. Your patience is never ending.
You are a very thoughtful and serious person, thinking everything through carefully before you set off in any direction. You possess excellent reasoning skills, and you can be counted on to select options that are both practical and that provide an economic advantage. Your attitude is conservative; conservative with time, money, and all other resources. Your philosophy is waste not, want not. You are also likely to be conservative in your political and social attitudes, although your age, upbringing, and education perspectives may influence this somewhat.
You are especially well suited to business and government because of your sense of organization and structure. You combine a talent for management with an ability to carry out instructions with care. You are the quintessential careerist, taking job and duties very seriously. Therefore, you are never one to shirk responsibility and you have very little use for those that do. That which matters most to you is your public image. You show your best face to the public. You enjoy being in a position of power and authority, although you are not very much inclined to enjoy the limelight. You may prefer instead to run your business from an isolated perspective. You are loyal and dedicated, and you demand utter loyalty and dedication from subordinates. Advancing up the ladder of success is all important. You are unconcerned about, sometimes even ruthless toward, those getting in your path as you move upward.

You don't handle chaotic situations very well. You may need to develop the ability to lighten up a little and not take life, and everything else so seriously. Although you are self-disciplined, responsible, and practical, at times you can wallow in self-pity. It's essential for you to remember that your most important asset is self-esteem, and you should never devalue this. Rigidity and fear of change may be your biggest stumbling block.
Sober and reserved in your dealings with others, it takes you a good while to warm up enough to anyone to be considered a close friend. Yet once you do, you are a very caring, reliable, and most steadfast ally. Your private side is different from your public side. In private you are shy and sensitive. The harshness of your public image disappears. Emotionally demanding relationships are very difficult. Love relationships may be more like business relationships, and you are unsure of yourself in most intimate situations. emoticon



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Feliz cumpleanos, DONE Girl! I hope that you have an amazing birthday!

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